Dylan Alcott makes 62-year history as Australian of the Year

25/01/2022 11:26:00 PM

Champion wheelchair tennis player Dylan Alcott has become the first person with a disability to be named 2022 Australian of the Year in its 62-year history.

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Multiple tennis Grand Slam champion and disability advocate Dylan Alcott took a brief moment to make a joke at his own expense in front of a star-studded crowd after he was named the 2022 Australian of the Year.

Champion wheelchair tennis player Dylan Alcott has become the first person with a disability to be named 2022 Australian of the Year in its 62-year history.

Alcott said it was thanks to his sexologist partner Chantelle Otten, his loving family and best friends that knew he was"worthy", which made him"proud" to have a disability."I'm honestly so honoured to be up here and it's because of them and everybody in my life that I sit here as a proud man with a disability tonight," he said.

The media commentator also found some time to have a dig at himself after the crowd all stood up to applaud his achievements."I think standing ovations are one of the most ironic things in the world, by the way. But I'll take them, without a doubt," he joked.

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Tennis star and Paralympian Dylan Alcott named Australian of the Year for 2022It’s the first time in the award’s 62-year history a person with a disability has taken out the top gong Congratulations DylanAlcott I just knew it was going to be you, so well deserved! We may have a terrible PM and fed government but boy do we have some amazing and awe inspiring Australians out there doing so much for our communities! All four amazing as well as all the finalists Meanwhile people with disabilities will still be forced to buy RATs. That’s if they can find them of course. So can the awful ANZ ads he’s in be curtailed?

Paralympian and disability advocate Dylan Alcott has been named Australian of the YearParalympian Dylan Alcott , long-term volunteer for St John Ambulance Valmai Dempsey, and founder of a healthcare service for people experiencing homelessness Dr Daniel Nour are the Australians of the Year for 2022. wide though pick him mother ScottMorrisonMP’s worst nightmare 2 years in a row! Looks like the AOTY review didn’t follow his script. Hope DylanAlcott has a great year MagazineAmplify That’s super.

Dylan Alcott named Australian of the Year, becomes first person with a disability to win award Tennis champion Dylan Alcott has been named the 2022 Australian of the Year, becoming the first person with a disability to receive the award. DETAILS: 9News What an inspiration, who agrees?..👏🏼 congratulations and well deserved DylanAlcott xox The second disabled person to win. Grace Tame is autistic & has discussed it several times in media interviews.

Paralympian and disability advocate Dylan Alcott named 2022 Australian of the Year Tennis player Dylan Alcott is named 2022 Australian of the Year for his work as a disability advocate. Congratulations - so inspirational. Well deserved ❤️ usual press thin their map Yes, Out with Grace and in with the new.

January 25, 2022 Alcott said it was thanks to his sexologist partner Chantelle Otten, his loving family and best friends that knew he was"worthy", which made him"proud" to have a disability..Alcott, who on Thursday will compete in what will be his last Australian Open final, is the first person with a disability to win the award in the program’s 62-year history.Tue 25 Jan 2022 09.

"I'm honestly so honoured to be up here and it's because of them and everybody in my life that I sit here as a proud man with a disability tonight," he said. The media commentator also found some time to have a dig at himself after the crowd all stood up to applaud his achievements. “When you get left out of the employment pool, the consumer pool and the dating pool, what’s there left to do? “So we need to try and eliminate some of those unconscious biases together so people can get out and live the lives they deserve to live. "I think standing ovations are one of the most ironic things in the world, by the way. Last year, he became the first male, in any form of tennis, to achieve a Golden Slam when he won the Quad Singles at the US Open. But I'll take them, without a doubt," he joked. Starting as a cadet volunteer while still in primary school, Valmai Dempsey has spent more than 50 years helping others through the service. Alcott's sexologist partner Chantelle Otten was reduced to tears after her partner was named Australian of the Year. The Victoria, 31, has won 15 grand slam quad singles titles and another eight in doubles.

Picture: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the announcement at a glitzy award ceremony in Canberra on Tuesday night. Val Dempsey accepting the Senior Australian of the Year award. Photo by Michael Klein Alcott, who was born with a tumour wrapped around his spinal cord, has credited sport for saving his life. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage It wasn't only his achievements on the court that was recognised but also his philanthropy work where he is focused on providing a better future for Australians living with disabilities. The Victorian founded a disability and accessibility training start-up call Get Skilled Access in 2017. She led 40 fellow volunteers as they supported fire-affected communities during the emergency that stretched over many weeks. He is also the founder of the Dylan Alcott Foundation which aims to provide scholarships and grant funding to Australians with a disability.” In 2017, he founded the Dylan Alcott Foundation to provide scholarships and grant funding to marginalised Australians with a disability. Alcott has grown his media career since his rise to fame where he wrote an autobiography titled Able, which discusses navigating life as a paraplegic and how he stayed positive despite adversities. Her tireless commitments to St John have led many in the community to know her lovingly as “Aunty Val”. He is also the founder of the Dylan Alcott Foundation which provides scholarships and grant funding to Australians with a disability.

The tennis champion has hosted a show on Triple J and worked as a commentator and presenter and appeared a number of television commercials. Alcott described how he felt"ridiculous" being the centre of attention when hospital systems around the country were struggling with the coronavirus pandemic. Dr Daniel Nour, from Sydney, started in August 2020 after identifying the gap in the healthcare of vulnerable people in New South Wales. National Australia Day Council chair Danielle Roche paid credit to Alcott’s “sheer grit and determination”. "To our front-line workers, our nurses, our doctors, people running our vaccines, ambulances, firefighters, you deserve this much more than a guy who hits tennis balls and loves talking," he said. "I really mean that. Credit: / Getty Images With 145 volunteers across four clinics in NSW, the service has changed the lives of more than 300 patients, helping to treat conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and neglected medical needs. It's such a huge honour. His Golden Slam is an incredible feat, the first for any male tennis player,” she said. St John Ambulance volunteer Valmai Dempsey, 71, from Canberra, was named Senior Australian of the year.

" The new Australian of the Year also praised his predecessor recipient Grace Tame for being"fierce" and hopes he can do"one-eighth" of the job she did. The 26-year-old is committed to making a a difference to the lives of those who may otherwise go unnoticed. Alcott will compete in the final of the Australian Open against Dutchman Sam Schroder in hopes of securing one last title before he retires. . The 47-year-old is the founder and CEO of Sober in the Country, a grassroots charity offering peer support, broad scale advocacy and education.” Alcott will on Thursday compete in his last Australian Open final.